The water profession has long been known for its slowness to change, with many of our colleagues “justifying” this by extolling the virtue of being “conservative”, because we protect public health. I have always been confused by this connection between “conservatism”, “slow to change”, and public health. In contrast, consider the airline industry. As we know, while there is more inherent risk (because none of us passengers have wings), it is actually one of the safest modes of travel because of the focus on safety.
Innovative renewal strategies for optimized pipeline management
Using risk-based data analysis and innovative renewal strategies, two US water systems show how utilities can avoid full pipeline replacement, reduce service interruptions, and save money. As this informative Opflow article discusses, by more precisely understanding the condition of buried infrastructure, water utilities can more effectively focus resources to prolong safety and increase reliability. Download the freeOpflow articlenow.
Why Water Management Professionals Can’t Afford to Ignore Innovation
Innovation in the water management industry is born from the collaboration between water managers, operators, engineers and manufacturers who set out to resolve problems or improve service levels that impact all parts of the supply chain. This is usually the result of early adopters either at the field level or in engineering disciplines who no longer are interested in maintaining the status quo and seek improvements or solutions that involve out-of-the-box thinking. Our company, while being a true innovator,...
Water Innovations Facility Upgrade
A few facility upgrades at Water Innovationsworth mentioning this quarterat our San Diego 10,000 square foot facility. As we continue to hire a growing workforce across departments, and several years of our continued investment and growth. We have invested in an Electrostatic Precipitator, to use in our in-house paint both. This is a device that removes suspended dust particles from a gas or exhaust by applying a high-voltage electrostatic charge and collecting the particles on charged plates. Electrostatic spray...
Ellen Williams: The future of energy innovation
As director of the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy, Ellen Williams plays a pivotal role in cultivating and guiding energy technology discovery and development in the United States. Ensia recently invited Williams to share her views on what we should watch for in the wide world of energy innovation in the months and years to come. What in your mind is the most important energy innovation of the past year? The past decade? The country has made some incredible strides in energy over...
Q&A Session: Accessing Innovation Through Research and Development
Accessing Innovation Through Research and Development Where there’s a problem there’s a solution, sometimes it just takes a little ingenuity to get there. When you’re in the business of providing solutions to municipal and industrial water resource recovery utilities, then it’s helpful to invest in ingenuity. For KLa Systems, a jet aeration and jet mixing provider, that investment has taken the form of an in-house product development facility. Fred Siino of KLa Systems explains how the...